With summer in full swing, travel plans are picking up for millions of families. Many of us are rushing to organize flights, hotels, and itineraries, yet safeguarding our cybersecurity and personal information before we depart never seems to make the top of the priority list. But, just like you lock up your house when you leave, it is equally important to secure your passwords and accounts before traveling.
Thankfully, a password manager like LastPass is the one-stop solution to these concerns. Here’s a look at how a password manager can help you secure your online life before going on vacation this summer:
Update outdated passwords
You know our story: make sure you update weak, duplicate, and outdated passwords. That is even more important before you travel, when you might be checking your online accounts on open WiFi or public computers, where you’re potentially at higher risk to hackers.
To help simplify this process and secure all of your passwords, take the LastPass Security Challenge. This quick tool rates the strength of all passwords in your vault and lets you know which ones are weak, reused or old, and so you can prioritize the ones that need updating before you leave.
LastPass makes updating passwords a quick and easy experience. You’ll get a notification informing you which passwords are at risk, and with a few simple clicks, you can generate a new, unique, secure password.
It is important to remember to do these updates at home before you leave. One of the most common ways accounts are compromised is through using public Wi-Fi, where hackers can try to intercept the information you’re sending over the web. When it comes to dealing with sensitive content, using a trusted and secure network is always best, but when that’s not possible, using unique passwords everywhere helps you keep the fences up around all of your online accounts.
Set up MFA before you go
Enabling multi-factor authentication is a quick and easy way to bump up your Security Challenge score. MFA offers an additional login step, making it extremely hard for hackers to gain access to your accounts. But don’t worry, the system is very easy to set up!
Simply download the LastPass Authenticator app on your phone, and when logging onto a site, you will be prompted to accept the login within the app. This prevents anyone who might obtain your password from accessing your accounts, unless they have your phone as well.
If you are traveling internationally this summer, or are not sure what kind of internet access you will have, it is important to manage your MFA settings before you leave. If you think you won’t be able to connect to internet, we recommend you enable offline access. This will allow you to use all your accounts despite any connection issues.
Lock up your documents
Whether it’s driver’s licenses, passports, visas, or social security numbers, it’s undeniable that there are a lot of documents to keep track of while traveling. LastPass allows you to upload copies of those in your vault, making them easily available if any of your documents are ever lost in the chaos of traveling.
If you have a good amount of information to store – travel documents, health information, financial papers – we recommend that you upgrade to LastPass Premium. This will provide you with 1GB of storage to ensure all your documents are protected, and readily available to you wherever you are in the world. Plus, with Premium you can easily share those documents through LastPass if you’re traveling with others!
Back up your credit and debit cards
Credit and debit card security is always a concern when traveling both domestically and internationally- you never know the intentions of the person ringing you up at a hotel or restaurant.
LastPass allows you to store all your payment information within a profile in your vault. Here, you can save various payment cards, and when purchasing your hotel room or flights online, your credentials are automatically filled in, relieving you from the tedious task of entering the same information over and over again. If your wallet is ever stolen or misplaced while traveling, all your card information is easily accessible within your vault, allowing you to quickly cancel any cards and ensure financial security.
While travel preparations can be stressful, and adding one more thing to your list might not be what you want, a data breach can have a drastic impact on your financial and online security. Get started with a password manager like LastPass and follow these steps to ensure all your accounts are protected while you travel, and you’ll be back to planning your vacation in minutes!